Archive of 2005

Brown backtracks over economic forecasts

Gordon Brown has today been forced to downgrade his economic growth predictions as he made his pre-Budget statement to the House of Commons.


    Rice rejects use of torture

    Condoleezza Rice has rejected outright allegations that the US is using European airports to transport terror suspects to countries where they might face torture.


    Disability discrimination law extended

    People suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV will be legally protected from discrimination under a new law that comes into effect today.


    Terrorism bill 'may breach human rights law'

    The government may be forced to amend its controversial new terrorism bill after a number of proposals were found to be in breach of human rights legislation.

  • Organisations are hoping Gordon Brown will address their pre-Budget requests

    Pre-Budget report submissions

    Organisations are hoping for action on everything from public spending to child poverty in the chancellor's pre-Budget report. brings you a selection.


    Tory leadership ballots close

    The ballots for the Conservative party leadership close today, with David Cameron set to beat rival David Davis by as much as two votes to one.


    Straw to outline EU budget proposals

    Foreign secretary Jack Straw is today expected to put forward its proposals for European Union budget reform ahead of a crunch meeting of member states in a fortnight's time.


    Brown: UK will be best for business

    Gordon Brown today set the tone for Monday's pre-Budget report by outlining a whole host of measures designed to "make globalisation work for Britain".


    Stem cell research gets £50m boost

    A further £50 million will be made available for stem cell research into illnesses for which there is currently no cure, the government announced today.

  • Hospitals facing £620 million deficit this financial year

    Hit squads to tackle £620m NHS debt

    NHS trusts will be facing a deficit of about £620 million by the end of the financial year, health secretary Patricia Hewitt has admitted.


    Reid visits British troops in Basra

    John Reid has confirmed his belief that British troops could begin withdrawing from Iraq next year, ahead of a visit to UK forces in the southern town of Basra.

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